Double delight for Cramlington Rockets in Rugby League Grand Finals

Cramlington Rockets U14s.
Cramlington Rockets U14s.

As part of a gala day at Kingston Park Stadium, Cramlington Rockets saw their U14s and U15s lift two of the four junior league trophies being played for.

With the regular league season having been played since early in the year, the Grand Finals saw the top two sides in each respective league battle it out for the title of league champion.

In front of a vocal crowd of between 400 and 500 throughout the day, the U14s went one better than last year, taking the spoils in a tight game against Catterick Crusaders with a 24-20 win.

The U15s meanwhile made it three league championships in three years with a solid 48-36 win against Jarrow Vikings.

The Northumberland-based club’s U13s were less fortunate, a series of bad injuries upsetting their momentum against a determined Durham Tigers who put in a strong performance to win 34-22.

Gateshead Storm were the other winners on the day, beating Durham Demons 36-20 in the U16s final.

“It has been a brilliant day for north east rugby league,” said Rockets chairman and U14s coach, Jeff Ball.”

“To have so many competitive matches says a lot about the quality in the region and the atmosphere was brilliant all day.

“Over 150 junior players have been given an experience they will remember forever by being able to run out that tunnel and play on the pitch.

“We are extremely proud of all three of our sides and it is a shame for the U13s, but they will come back stronger. Durham deserved their win, as did Gateshead in the last match of the day.”

Ball added: “Newcastle Thunder have been great in letting us take over the stadium.

“We were lucky enough to have plenty of ‘home’ fans and the noise they made was staggering.

“As the game continues to grow in the north east, it is important we have highlights like this in the calendar.

“The profile of the sport has been growing steadily over the last year, especially after Magic Weekend, and as more and more come into the sport, numbers and the quality of the rugby league being played is going to get better and better.”